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New streetcar at heart of NYC mayor’s State of City speech

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NEW YORK— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is delivering his annual State of the City address.

Mayor Bill De Blasio gives his annual State of the City address at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on February 4, 2016  in New York City.  (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill De Blasio gives his annual State of the City address at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on February 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

De Blasio, a Democrat, spoke Thursday night at a college in the Bronx, touting his administration’s accomplishments and laying out his goals for the year ahead.

One of the centerpieces is a proposal to build a streetcar line connecting the booming Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts.

The 16-mile line, which would cost about $2.5 billion, will likely not be completed until 2024.

The mayor also outlined a plan to create retirement savings plans for private sector employees and an economic development project for Governor’s Island, the 22-acre national monument that sits in New York Harbor.

De Blasio broke with tradition to deliver the speech at night in hopes of a larger television audience.